IAMCR 2013 - Diasporas and the Media Working Group - Call for Papers

altThe IAMCR Diasporas and the Media Working Group invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the IAMCR 2013 conference to be held from 25 to 29 June, 2013 at the Helix Conference Centre at Dublin City University, Ireland (http://iamcr2013dublin.com).

The conference will be held under the general theme, Crises, ‘Creative Destruction’ and the Global Power and Communication Orders. We will consider proposals on any issue within the broader Working Group research areas, but will prioritize proposals relating to the Conference theme addressing questions such as ‘How are diasporic media affected in the current crisis environment?’, ‘What is the role of Diasporic Media and communications networks in an era of rapid change?’ or ‘How do diasporic communities and media respond to the current waves of racism and exclusive politics in crisis-stricken societies?”.

More broadly, as the relationship between diasporas and globalization is enhanced and intensified as a result of the transnationalization of the media, processes of reconfiguration of place, space and culture are set in motion which affect everyday life for diasporic communities, as electronic media, old and new, increasingly link producers and audiences across national boundaries, thus fostering the deterritorialization/ reterritorialization of diasporic identities, and challenging and transforming established notions of the nation-state; of tradition, heritage and citizenship; and of modes of belonging; the Working Group aims to bring together interested researchers to discuss these processes and their broader implications, and to present empirical and theoretical work at the 2013 Conference around the following general themes:

  • the interplay of the transnational, translocal & the local in diasporic communications;
  • diasporic communications & the making of diasporic identities;
  • transnational diasporic communication strategies and practices – we would welcome abstracts exploring this theme in the context of the current crisis and its economic, political and cultural manifestations;
  • diasporic audiences & cultural politics;
  • diasporic cultural production & consumption;
  • integration, cultural separatism & hybridity;
  • immigration and the media;
  • diasporic media and their place in the community media landscape
  • diasporic media and mainstream media
  • new research agendas


All abstract submissions must be made via the Open Conference System (OCS) at http://iamcr-ocs.org, from 15 November 2012 to 28 January, 2013 (deadline). Please note that this deadline will not be extended. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by their Section or Working Group Head no later than 28 February 2013.

For those whose abstracts are accepted, full conference papers are to be submitted via the IAMCR OCS http://iamcr-ocs.org by 28 May 2013.

Submissions Format: All proposals must include title, author/coordinator name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and full contact information (mailing address, email address, and telephone number).

For individual or co-authored papers applicants must submit a 300-500 word abstract.

For panel proposals, the panel coordinator must submit a well-defined statement of purpose (150-300 words), a complete list of panel participants, and full abstracts (as above) for each presentation in one document.

For all applicants: Please indicate if you would be willing to chair a session. Mode of submission: Online at http://iamcr-ocs.org.

Please note: Individuals may submit 1 abstract (paper) per Section or Working Group as lead author, and a maximum of 2 abstracts (papers) to a single IAMCR conference in general. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration, after an initial submission. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Referee. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration.